I end up with small amounts of yarn after I finish up a project.
My friend Susan got me hooked on making little yarn balls with them by winding the yarn around my thumb. It is strangely enjoyable. If a yarn ball sits around too long I get the urge to wind it into one of these. It's an addiction really. I may soon need a 12 step program.
Anyhow, if you are a fellow detail freak and have some yarn on hand, there's a couple you tube videos that show you how. The one that is similar to what I did is located here (but there are lots of them out there).
My sister sent me flowers recently and the 'fish bowl' looking vase has become my table center piece. No cleaning of the tank required.
Life is getting in the way of my quilting a bit this week but will hopefully carve out some time to enjoy some this weekend when I'm not busy eating a Bavarian Breakfast at Esther's Germany Bakery (check it out if you're in the bay area).